Hello and welcome to Romance Recipes! Every Thursday and Friday I will introduce you to a new author and a new recipe! Two of my favorite things! This week I am bringing you author, Cera DuBois , and her recipe for Cheescake along with an introduction to her book, A Hunter’s Angel (book 1 of the Hunter’s Dagger Series) . Please join me in welcoming Cera and savor her recipe for cheesecake as you read about her new book!
And as a special treat, Cera is offering a GIVEAWAY!!! Keep reading to find out what you can win! Be sure to leave your EMAIL along with your comment for a chance to win!!
This is my favorite cheesecake, and a tradition for Christmas, Easter and even other special occasions. Once, I made this for a baby shower and decorated it with edible flowers. It has the look and texture of a soufflé and a mild creamy flavor. It is delish with either canned or fresh fruit, and homemade whipped cream. Definitely a desert for angels…
Preheat oven to 325 degrees
20-25 Graham crackers crushed or 1 box of Graham cracker crumbs
¼ to ½ pound of salted butter softened
3 tablespoons powdered sugar
Press onto the bottom and sides of 9 inch spring form pan, set aside.
2 large packages of cream cheese (8 ounce each)—I’ve used ⅓ less fat cream cheese with success, but fat free does not work.
2 tablespoons flour
Separate 4 eggs, beat yolks into cream mixture one at a time.
Beat in 1 teaspoon vanilla and 1 cup Half and Half.
Beat egg whites until stiff and fold (do not over mix) into mixture.
Pour into crust, back 60-70 minutes. With oven door open, leave cake in oven 1 half hour after baking to cool.
Remove spring form pan while cake is still warm to touch.
Top with canned pie filling or fresh fruit and garnish with whipped topping or whipped cream
Freeze bowl and beaters for at least 2 hours before beginning.
1 cup of heavy whipping cream
Beat on medium speed for 30 seconds, then add 1 tablespoon of powdered sugar. Beat on medium speed until stiff. When cream begins to thicken, reduce speed and watch that cream does not turn to butter. When topping begins to appear shinny, stop beating. The toping is ready and it is thick enough to be piped through a pastry bag (if desired) and held overnight.
A Hunter’s Angel (book 1 of the Hunter’s Dagger Series)
The serial killer stalking Clayton, Pennsylvania, isn’t all that has Chief of Police Grace Wallace worried. For a year, she’s tried to forget Special Agent Ian McHenry and now he’s the expert the FBI sent to catch the killer. She can’t stay away from him, but something primal is telling her to run to save much more than just her heart. Despite the strict code of ethics Ian vowed to follow as a vampire hunter, he craves Grace’s blood above all others. If he chooses to stay, Ian risks losing his chance at divine forgiveness. But if he leaves Grace unprotected from the evil he’s hunted for over a century, he loses more than just his soul…
“I’m in love with the man inside the vampire.” Grace moved her hand to thread through his silky hair. When she rested the other over his heart, a soft sigh escaped his lips. Underneath her palm, the slow beat was barely noticeable.
His thumb grazed her cheekbone and slowly trailed down to the hollow of her throat. Her breathing quickened at the zinging anticipation as he caressed the pulse point where he’d claimed to have taken blood from her. He glanced at the spot with eyes as haunted as he sounded. “I’m not a man.”
“But you were once.”
He met her gaze again. “Yes, once.”
His fingers lingered over her pulse. Her heart raced under his touch. She tilted her neck as if his touch awakened some base instinct to offer the sacrifice. “Do you still want my blood?”
Ian stepped away and locked his wide-eyed gaze onto hers. At last, he rasped, “No, I don’t want your blood. Oh, God, I still crave it. You have the sweetest I’ve ever had, but I will never hurt you again.”
She didn’t know what possessed her to do so, but she whispered, “You can take…some of it.”
He closed his eyes, and when he opened them, he acidly said, “No, Grace. I can never taste your blood again. It would kill you.”
Fear of what she’d wanted him to do tumbled through her. She stepped away, and for a moment, she considered telling him to leave. How did she know any of this was real? She couldn’t imagine she’d ever freely offer a vampire her blood. Did she really believe him? He was sucking her into his insanity. But if this was true and he could make people do things against their will, maybe he could control her feelings.
“Maybe I should go?” Ian backed away another step and headed toward the counter where he’d left his dagger. He turned back to her with the sheath in his hand. Her heart shattered with the knowledge that, if he walked out the front door, she’d never see him again. “Goodbye, my sweet angel.”
His jagged murmur ripped at her soul as his eyes took on a blazing intensity and snared hers. She felt a pressure in her mind, and she knew what he intended to do. He wanted to erase her memories of him.
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To find out more about A Hunter’s Angel check out my website (http://ceradubois.wordpress.com/a-hunters-angel-the-book-tour/) for a schedule of my blog stops during the book tour. I will be presenting a series of short stories called The Vampire Encounters. Follow me as I interview Ian McHenry, Master Vampire Lucas Pomeroy, Vivian van Dyke Pomeroy, and have a scary run-in with Shane Chamberlain. Hope to see you along the way.
Contest: (Sorry, only USA and Canada residents are eligible for any prize that needs to be mailed. Non-residents and residents of USA are eligible for free PDF copy.)
Two Lucky Posters will get a PDF copy of Bloodwine. (for info on this short story check out my website)
1st Stalker Prize: Every Poster will also be entered into a drawing for either a custom-made pair of angel wing earrings, charm bracelet, or necklace (check out my website for photos).
2st Stalker Prize: Every Poster will also be entered into a drawing of a $10 gift card from either Amazon or Barnes and Noble (winner’s choice)—drawing to happen on September 1.